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How to Budget for Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

Updated: Jul 10







One of the first questions I ask my new clients when starting a design for them is: "What is your remodel budget?" and 9/10 they have no idea how or what to budget for their remodel. I wanted to create this quick guide to help anyone remodeling their kitchen or bathroom decide what to budget for their project.


Kitchen Remodel


Undoubtedly one of the biggest remodels you'll take on in your home. The kitchen is the heart of the home and should be treated as such. I can talk about design and functionality all day long (because that's my passion), but let's talk numbers.


NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) recommends you budget 15-20% of the value of your home. Examples:


$200,000 home = $30,000 - $40,000 Remodel Budget

$400,000 home = $60,000 - $80,000 Remodel Budget

$600,000 home = $90,000 - $120,000 Remodel Budget


Cost Breakdown per NKBA


Cabinetry and Hardware: 29%

Installation: 17%

Appliances: 14%

Countertops: 10%

Flooring: 7%

Lighting: 5%

Walls and Ceilings: 5%

Design Fees: 4%

Doors and Windows: 4%

Faucets and Plumbing: 4%

Other: 1%


I also think it's very important to determine what this remodel is for - is it for resale? Is it for long-term stay and enjoyment? This could take us from a simple, yet beautiful kitchen design to a design that is custom, unique, and functionally designed for your family.






Bathroom Remodel


NKBA recommends you should spend 5-10% of your home's value on a bathroom remodel. I would say, let's use 5% for a secondary bathroom and 10% for your primary bathroom.


Secondary Bathroom Examples (5% of home's value):

$200,000 home = $10,000 Remodel Budget

$400,000 home = $20,000 Remodel Budget

$600,000 home = $30,000 Remodel Budget


Primary Bathroom Examples (10% of home's value):

$200,000 home = $20,000 Remodel Budget

$400,000 home = $40,000 Remodel Budget

$600,000 home = $60,000 Remodel Budget


These are just examples though, I think each space and each spaces' potential are so different. Some spaces can be updated with paint and fixture upgrades, and other spaces need a complete remodel.


Cost Breakdown per NKBA


Installation: 20%

Cabinetry and Hardware: 16%

Fixtures: 15%

Faucets and Plumbing: 14%

Flooring: 9%

Countertops: 7%

Walls and Ceilings: 5%

Design Fees: 4%

Doors and Windows: 4%

Other: 1%


Again, it does need to be factored in whether this is a remodel to sell or to stay, but this should really help you to decide what your remodel budget should be!


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